This doesn’t mean everyone will embrace the decision. But as in those other instances, we will adjust and we will move on.
The United Methodist Church has long been conflicted around this issue. We have stated for a long time that our church is one of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors. We have been clear that we will be a welcoming church to all persons regardless of their race or sexual orientation.
At the same time, we have also been clear that we will not sanction marriages between same-sex couples. Bishop McAlilly sent a “pastoral letter” to all the churches and clergy this week reminding us that even with the Supreme Court Decision, our clergy may not officiate at a same-sex wedding. Here is his letter to us:
If you’d like to talk to me about this, I’d welcome those conversations.